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Staying Physically and Mentally Fit as an Empty Nester

by Melissa Thompson

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Studies show that staying mentally and physically active in your senior years is vital to your overall well-being.  Socializing also has a positive impact on your health as you age. Adopting healthy habits and behaviors and staying involved in the community will contribute to your ability to live a full and meaningful life. There is no better place for seniors to stay active, both mentally and physically, than an Active Adult Community!  With a community of peers that are in the same stage of life as you, you will be able to find many people with common interests and goals.  And built in activities will make it easy for you to participate and meet people.  Here are some of the most popular activities offered in 55+ Communities in the Memphis area:

Swimming: Some communities include swimming pools. Swimming is a great, low impact way to stay physically fit, while also getting fresh air and a healthy dose of vitamin D.  The swimming pool is also a fun place to socialize and cool off on hot summer days!

Exercise Rooms: No need to join a gym elsewhere because most 55+ communities have their own exercise rooms available to residents. Get your heart pumping on the stationary bike or treadmill, lift some weights to maintain strength, or take a yoga class for relaxation.

Multi-Purpose Rooms: Keep your mind sharp by meeting up with fellow neighbors to play card games are to do arts & crafts in the multi-purpose room.  Some communities will offer classes; remember, you are never too old to learn something new!

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Walking & Biking Trails: When the weather is nice, no need to stay indoors to exercise. Take advantage of beautiful walking and biking trails that many communities offer.

If you have recently become an “empty nester” and you or your partner are 55 or older, an active adult community might be just the place for you to start fresh. Melissa Thompson is an experienced, professional Realtor who can help you get the best price possible on the sale of your current home so that you can join in the fun of living in a 55+ community!  Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

6608 WOODPARK LN, Bartlett, TN


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4 BEDROOMS | 2 Baths (2 full ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Beautiful Home in Bartlett 4BR, 3BA, in a Great Neighborhood! Large Country Kitchen with Island and Appliances, Great Room is Vaulted, Dining Room Features Vaulted Ceiling, Master Suite with Luxury Bath, Built-in Skylights and Impressive Walk-in Closet, New Carpet, New Paint, Patio with Deck, Rain Gutters Installed Around Home, Fireplace, Storage Space, 2 Car Garage, Two Pull-down Attic Stairs, Laundry Room, Don't Miss Out on This Wonderful Traditional Bartlett Home. Great Bartlett Schools!




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3 BEDROOMS | 3 Baths (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Great Home, 3 Bedroom, 2.5 baths, 2 car attached garage, private backyard with beautiful inground pool. Efficiency Guest House in back w/2 rooms efficiency up. Lot of storage underneath. Removeable wall that could allow for 2 car garage. Separate driveway entry.


Things To Do In Memphis: Fringe Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Voices of the South presents The Memphis FRINGE Festival - 50 Shows over TWO WEEKENDS!

June 7 – 9, 2019 & June 13 – 15, 2019

The McCoy Theatre on the Rhodes College Campus

Tickets: $10/Show OR $100 Festival Pass

The mission of Voices of the South as a theatre company is to create, produce, and perform unique theatre from diverse Southern perspectives.


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7479 TURTLE WALK CV S, Cordova, TN

For Sale

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4 BEDROOMS | 3 Baths (3 full ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Wonderful Like New Lovely Luxury Home in the Gated Cordova Club Subdivision in a Quiet Cove Featuring 4BR(3Down) & 3BA, Neutral Colors, Cozy Fireplace, Stainless Steel Appliances, Beautiful Hardwood Flrs & Desirable Granite Tops Throughout, Smooth Ceilings, Updated Fixtures, Walk-In Closets, Attic, Natural Lighting, Lush Landscaping, Large Fenced Backyard w/Nice Patio, 2 Car Side-Load Garage, Functional Flr Plan, HOA-Gated Walking Trails & Ponds. Great Curb Appeal! Do Not Miss Out on This Home!


Buying New Construction in a 55+ Active Adult Community

by Melissa Thompson

While the real estate market in general is starting to cool off, demand for homes in “retirement” communities is continuing to rise.  High prices, decreasing inventory, long waiting lists, and buyer lotteries are all signs that homes in these communities are very popular with the 55+ crowd.  And ever since the Baby Boom Generation started hitting retirement age a few years ago, the number of buyers in this age range has grown and will continue to do so over the next decade at which point the number of retiree households will grow by about 10 million.

What this means for people looking to buy a home in a 55+ active adult community is that there may be a shortage of homes available.  Some builders are even resorting to holding lotteries when they can’t keep up with buyer demand. Instead of bidding wars, they simply choose names out of a hat and if your name isn’t chosen, well, you are out of luck.

This may not sound like good news to you if you are thinking of buying your “retirement” home soon.  But because of demand, there are new communities popping up everywhere.  And one key to successfully purchasing new construction in one of these communities is to have a professional Realtor on your side. While new construction sites have Realtors to show you the community and home models, it’s important to remember who that Realtor is working for.  He or she represents the builder, not the buyer. Many people think that they will get a better deal or save money if they simply use the builder’s Realtor, but the truth is that the builder pays the commission for the buyer’s agent.  So, having an experienced, professional Realtor on your side not only doesn’t cost you anything, it might save you money in the long run when your Realtor negotiates a better deal for you!

There is still another reason why it will benefit you to have your own Realtor when buying new construction. If you’ve never purchased new construction before, you may not realize how many steps are involved.  It is a long process and it’s important to have someone representing your interests along the way, especially if you are relocating from another state and can’t be there for the building process.  Once you have chosen your home and been approved for a mortgage, it may be several months before the home is completed, inspected and ready for move-in.  Your Realtor will be there every step of the way, making sure all the work is done properly and everything is in order for the closing. 

If you are thinking about purchasing a home in a 55+ Active Adult Community in the Memphis area, let the professionals at Your Key to Memphis assist you in finding the right community and building the perfect home to meet all your needs and desires! Call and speak with someone from the Melissa Thompson Team today to get started! 901-756-8900

Things To Do In Memphis: Memphis Italian Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Memphis Italian Festival demonstrates the values of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition. The Memphis Italian Festival presents family-oriented fun in music, food, events, games, and more for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
​Gates open 4:00 PM - Close at 11:00 PM
Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1st
Gates open 11:00 AM - Close at 11:00 PM
Musical lineups:
Thursday: Ben Abney & The Hurts, Ghost Town Blues Band
Friday: School of Rock, Land Divided, Riverside Drive, 5 O'Clock Shadow, Mighty Electric St. Jude Band, Trouble No More, Hope Clayburn & Soul Scrimmage
Saturday: Delta Paisanos, Devil Train, Ingram Hill
All events open to the public; register at
Luigi 5K, Thursday May 30th, 7pm start time
Bocce Pallino Challenge, Saturday, June 1st
Cornhole Tournament, Saturday June 1st
MIF Volleyball Tournament, Saturday June 1st

$10 Admission
Kids 10 and under get in FREE!
​Active Military with ID gets in FREE!
Get your tickets here!

Marquette Park
4946 Alrose Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

Recently Renovated Mayfair Condo - 2277 UNION AVE Unit 405

by Melissa Thompson

2277 UNION AVE #405, Memphis, TN

For Sale

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1 BEDROOMS | 1 Baths (1 full ) BATHROOMS |


For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Recently Renovated Unit on the 4th Floor of a Very Desirable Midtown Complex. Fresh Paint Through Out. Gleaming Wood Floors. Updated Kitchen with New Countertop, Sink & Backsplash. Romantic Master BR. Updated Bathroom. Great Room and Dining Area that Opens to Private Balcony w/Storage Closet. HOA-Community Pool, Sauna & Party Room w/Kitchen. Secured Building. Can Walk to Shopping and Dinning. This Unit is Positioned Directly off the Elevator and Quietly Sits on the South Side of the Building.



Why We Observe Memorial Day

by Melissa Thompson

Memorial Day weekend has become a holiday weekend that people look forward to all winter and spring.  It is the de facto start of the summer season and it’s filled with cookouts, camping trips, and family gatherings.  But, it’s easy to forget the actual reason we observe Memorial Day when you’re sitting by the pool contemplating your summer vacation.  The historical significance of the day is much more than a three-day weekend filled with relaxation and celebration.

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for all who have died serving our country in the armed forces.  It began after the Civil War, which claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, to honor the Union and Confederate dead, and was originally known as Decoration Day. By the late 1860s, Americans began holding springtime tributes to their fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.  It soon became a nationwide date of remembrance held on May 30, 1868.  That date was chosen because it did not coincide with any particular battle.

Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and included military personnel who died in all wars.  It was observed on May 30th for decades until 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May so that federal workers would get a three-day weekend.  The same law made Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Across the United States cities and towns will host Memorial Day parades that include military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations.  Washington DC, New York City, and Chicago are known for hold some of the largest parades to commemorate this day. 

Even if you can’t make it to a parade, you can still observe the day by visiting cemeteries and memorials, or even just taking a moment of silence to thank those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  

Memphis National Cemetery

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Things To Do In Memphis: Levitt Shell Summer Line-up 2019

by Melissa Thompson

Making a comeback for it’s 11th year in a row, the free Summer Orion Music Concert Series at the Levitt Shell is bringing together families, friends, food, and local and traveling musicians, all in the spirit of good vibes and good times.

Starting May 30th and running through July 21st, the 50+ free concert series will be in full swing, showcasing a variety of talented acts with sounds ranging from R&B and soul to folk, Americana, and more. That’s only half of it! This season, there will also be new features, such as a selection of lifestyle merch offered at the ShellShop, more food and beverage options in the ShellEats area, and multiple opportunities for community engagement. 
  • Where: Levitt Shell (1928 Poplar Ave.)
  • Time: All shows begin at 7:30PM
  • Cost: 100% free (ticketed shows excluded)
  • Thursday, May 30 — North Mississippi Allstars
  • Friday, May 31 — Revel in Dimes
  • Saturday, June 1 — River Whyless
  • Sunday, June 2 — Talibah Safiyah & Beale Street Flippers
  • Thursday, June 6 — Sam Lewis
  • Friday, June 7 — The Commonheart
  • Saturday, June 8 — Freddie McGregor
  • Sunday, June 9 — BoDeans
  • Thursday, June 13 — OSOG
  • Saturday, June 15 — Jenny & The Mexicats
  • Sunday, June 16 — Bluff City Backsliders Anniversary Show
  • Thursday, June 20 — Hayes Carll
  • Friday, June 21 Nicole Atkins
  • Saturday, June 22 — Ekpe & the African Jazz Ensemble
  • Sunday, June 23 — Los Colognes
  • Thursday, June 27 — Patriotic Pops
  • Friday, June 28 — Flor De Toloache
  • Saturday, June 29  — Stax Music Academy
  • Sunday, June 30 — Donna the Buffalo
  • Thursday, July 4 No Show (Holiday)
  • Friday, July 5 — Walden
  • Saturday, July 6 — Orquesta Akokan
  • Sunday, July 7 — The Petersen Brothers
  • Thursday, July 11 — Israel Nash
  • Friday, July 12 — The Marias
  • Saturday, July 13 — John Paul White
  • Sunday, July 14 — Los Coast
  • Thursday, July 18 — Black Joe Lewis
  • Friday, July 19 — New Breed Brass Band
  • Saturday, July 20 — The Slackers
  • Sunday, July 21 — Devon Gilfillian
We wouldn’t be able to enjoy all of these concerts without the incredible fundraising efforts from the Levitt Shell. I mean, 50 free shows is a lot and I know we’re all grateful. This year’s series will include two ticketed “Shell Yeah!” fundraising concerts with all proceeds going back towards providing more free music experiences for all to enjoy!
  • Friday, June 14 — Shell, YEAH! Robert Randolph & The Family band (ticketed show)
  • September 6th — TBA
Learn more about the performers and the schedule here.
Follow Levitt Shell on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for show updates.
If you can’t attend a show but want to support, shell out a few bucks for a donation here or check out the variety of volunteer opportunities.
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